Stephanie Bell is a versatile and experienced flautist, and has played 2nd flute-piccolo in the Victoria Symphony since being offered the position in 2017. She is also an active performer of contemporary and classical music on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Stephanie has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the Kamloops Symphony, the Lions Gate Sinfonia, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as with the New York-based Poulenc Trio on their 2016 West Coast tour. Before beginning her professional career in Victoria, Stephanie was a member of many professional training orchestras, including the National Academy Orchestra under Boris Brott (2011, 2013), Orchestre de la Francophonie (2012, 2016), the Orford Academy Orchestra (2014), and the Debut Orchestra and American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles (2014-2016). Over the years, she has performed under the batons of Bramwell Tovey, Carl St Clair, H. Robert Reynolds, Boris Brott, Alain Trudel, Fabio Mastrangelo, and Dwight Bennett. Her strong interest in orchestral performance began in the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, under the baton of John Gomez.
Stephanie also has a fascination with contemporary music, and has performed many chamber and solo works. She was a member of the UBC Contemporary Players ensemble and USC Thornton School of Music’s EDGE ensemble, and was a resident guest artist with both the Young Musicians’ Foundation and LA Phil Young Composer programs in Los Angeles. She was a prize winner at the 2015 Stockhausen Concerts and Courses in Kürten, Germany, and was selected to perform at the 2017 Courses with her duo partner Liam Hockley.
As well as performing, Stephanie has a commitment to her community. She participated as a teacher in the El-Sistema affiliated Orkidstra program in Ottawa, assisting founder and music director Tina Fedeski. She also set up a music program in Accra, Ghana during her time volunteering with the Osu Children’s Library Fund in 2009. While residing in Los Angeles, Stephanie was a substitute flute teacher with the Esparanza Azteca children’s music program.
Stephanie completed her Masters in Flute Performance at the University of Southern California with James Walker, former principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (2016), and earned her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Scholarship at the University of British Columbia (2014) with Brenda Fedoruk, Principal flute of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. While studying at USC, Stephanie pursued further piccolo studies with Sarah Jackson, piccolo in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed in masterclasses with respected performers including Emmanuel Pahud and William Bennett, and studied at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts with Carol Wincenc and Tara O’Connor. Stephanie is grateful to her teachers James Walker, Sarah Jackson, Brenda Fedoruk, Camille Churchfield, Jean Guy Brault, and Peggy Campbell, and strives to emulate their methods in her own private teaching. On rare breaks from practicing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, cooking, hiking, and camping. She is fluent in French, and future plans may include a DMA in flute performance, or a PhD in Musicology.